10 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds
For many years, hemp seeds were not considered as food. Instead, they are widely known as an addictive drug that makes you really high. In fact, it is banned in some countries including the U.S. However, a recent study showed that hemp seed is truly beneficial for health and does not contain the psychoactive ingredient that is commonly found in marijuana.
What is Hemp Seed?
Hemp seeds are the tiny fruits of the hemp plant. It tastes slightly nutty similar to sunflower seed or pine nut. Hemp seeds are very versatile, but it has negative impression for being associated with the Cannabis plant, marijuana. On the contrary, hemp seed is not even close to marijuana because it contains lower levels of the psychedelic substance THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In fact, it is too small to result in a positive THC test. According to Dr. Laura Bechtel “People have to realize it’s going to have to take a large amount of seeds, a bag of seeds or more to test positive”.
Why You Should Include Hemp Seed in Your Diet
Hemp seeds’ list of benefits is a long one, but here are some of them to see what all the hype was about.
1. Hemp seeds contain essential amino acids which the body cannot produce or cannot make in sufficient quantity. Essential amino acids are often found in many fruits and vegetables and other raw foods, but what makes hemp seed unique is that they contain 65% of globulin edistin – an enzyme that is necessary for metabolic activity and maintains a healthy immune system.
2. Hemp seeds are an edible source of an important type of omega-6 fatty acid called the GLA (gamma linolenic acid). The GLA is necessary for attaining optimal health.
3. It contains omega-3 fatty acids that keeps a healthy heart and contributes to the general strengthening of the immune system. A 3-tablespoon serving of hemp seed contains 3 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids.
4. A vegetarian source of protein that is easily digestible. A 3-tablespoon serving of Hemp seeds contains 11 grams of protein.
5. The highest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.
6. A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants, that helps protect the body down to the cellular level.
7. Hemp seed contains globulin-starting material that stimulates the production of antibodies, which are programmed to combat the antigens such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, etc.
8. It is a rich source of fiber, which is necessary for keeping a healthy digestive system. A serving of hemp seed, approximately 3 tablespoons, offers 7 grams of fiber.
9. An allergy-free alternative. It doesn’t aggravate the allergy of gluten, soy, nut, and dairy.
10. It provides an array of minerals such as magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, and iron.
How do you eat hemp seed?
Hemp seed are used in many recipes. You can simply incorporate them by sprinkling it on your salad, cereal and yogurt, or added to smoothies. If you want to be more creative you can also add hemp seeds to pudding, granola, or on your favorite dish.
With the overwhelming health benefits of hemp seeds, surely every reason to try some and see if it works for you too.
Jenny Travens writes for Superfood Living
This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition.
Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds ! Hemp Seeds Benefits
Hemp Seeds are a perfect and natural blend of easily digested proteins, essential fats (Omega 3 & 6), Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymes. All amino acids essential to optimum health are found in Hemp Seeds, including the rarely found Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). The 17+ grams of omega fats supplied by Hemp Seeds provides sufficient, continuous energy throughout your day. Many users also experience these health benefits
Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance.
More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
Rich in Vitamin E
Can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar; there are no known allergies to hemp foods.
Essential Fatty Acids in Hemp Seeds
The oil contained in the hemp seed is 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good fats) and only 9-11% of the lesser desired saturated fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom. The essential fatty acids (EFAs) contained in hemp seed oil are deemed essential because our bodies do not naturally produce them. This means that they must be obtained from the food we eat.
Most health organizations agree that the human body needs a 3 or 4:1 balance of omega 6 over omega 3. Hemp seed is the only seed where this ideal balance occurs. It does not occur in flax, almond, walnut, soybean or olive oil. Daily use of flax seed can lead to dangerous imbalances since flax seed oil has a balance of 1:4 instead of a healthy 4:1 omega-6 over omega-3.
EFAs are involved with producing life's energy throughout the human body and without them, life is not possible. In general, North Americans have a high dietary deficiency in EFAs due to their high intake of processed foods and meats.
Extensive studies have demonstrated that many common illnesses are related to deficiencies or imbalances of specific fatty acids in the body. Symptoms are often related to a lack of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and their derivatives, the postaglandins.
It has been proven in several clinical studies that dietary supplementation with EFAs or their metabolites (such as GLA) will often prevent or even cure many forms of illness.